for the literate

some good quotes:
  • anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die
  • i want to be like water, i want to slip through fingers but hold up a ship - michelle williams
  • i was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched - edgar allan poe
  • among my most prized possessions are words that i have never spoken - orson rega
  • if everyone isn't beautiful, then no one is - andy warhol
  • she's got the whole dark forest living inside of her - tom waits
  • we're doomed to repeat the past no matter what. that's what it is to be alive. - kurt vonnegut
  • don't worry what people think, they don't do it very often
  • that's the best revenge of all: happiness. nothing drives people crazier than seeing someone have a good fucking life. - chuck palahniuk


its wishlist time!

black milk clothing has the most amazing swimsuits! and they are one piece which makes them even better! shown above: spaceman, pulp sesame, red galaxy, and black ribs.

celeste stein makes some truly unique and amazing tights/leggings/socks. there are SO many [27 pages] print choices, some of my favorites are below. i want the spaceman ones in thigh highs, but i think a floral option might be more practical... and janae really needs troll print tights for sure, i think they made that a print option just for her. sounds like i found her wedding gift!

white fingernail polish

PX600 film from the impossible project so i can finally use the polaroid camera i got a few months back. 8 photos for $20 is kind of steep though and it is silver shade, but i NEED this anyway.


things i love thursday | link edition

johnnys bird... i dig the photography and it reminds me of my old crazy ways when i shared an apartment with tons of other people.

how to make the infamous heart cake

this diy no knit scarf tutorial gets my creative juices flowing...

i want one of these penguin books mugs even though they only have one of the books that i have actually read.

scribblertoo - i keep seeing these everywhere and it was a big huge secret, but i found out where to make these finally! it is highly addictive and takes a bit of practice if you want to do anything other than words.


space cakes

i still want to be an astronaut.

i want to eat astronaut ice cream.

and do normal astronaut things in my space suit around town like these photos by photographer hunter freeman.

i would get a kitten and it would be an astronaut space kitty.

i would hang out with bill randall's miss flying saucer, maybe she would even help me dye my hair pink like hers.

keep an eye out for space bears, i hear they like to eat your freeze dried astronaut food out of your picnic basket.

that's right folks, i love space!


photographer feature: dennis miles


Houston, Texas

Who or what sparked your interest in photography?
Honestly, it started with a girl. I tried impressing her with it and once I started it became more of an attraction to photography than the girl. My true love is photography now.

Who are some of your favorite photographers?
Tamara Lichtenstein, Baohien Ngo, Jackie Luo, Ann He, all local photographers in Houston and the reason I keep taking photos.

Do you have any formal education in photography or are you self taught?
I took one photography class in community college for a semester and a photo journalism class in high school. Other than that, nothing widely formal.

Is photography your career?
I soon hope it will in the near future.

Are you currently working on any photography projects?
Not at the moment. I go on photo shoots as a hobby and it brings me to a happier mood.

What is your favorite thing to photograph and why?
Natural occurrences. By that I mean things that most would never see or would see but only for a small moment. I'm also in love with beauty, youth, femininity, and free-spirit.

Where do you find and how do you instruct your models?
Mutual friends, friends of mine, and social networking sites. Most I use are already experience but in order for them to feel comfortable with me I get to know my model before anything. I get to know everyone I shoot.

Do you listen to music while you shoot? If so, what is on your photo shoot play list?
I do not. On the way in the car I suppose but it usually consists of Freelance Whales, Sleigh Bells, and The xx.

What is in your camera bag?
Nikon N80, Instax, Baby Holga, Canon Ftb, three or four smoke bombs and a lighter.

What is your favorite lens and why?
My 50mm. It's been there always and gets the job done with every photo shoot I do.

Where do you find inspiration?
Other photographers. Experience with other people. I want to interpret what others are feeling and at the same time show a little of what I'm thinking.

Future photography goals?
Art school in Belgium where I'll master in photography. Hopefully work for a fashion magazine or be an Art Director.

Describe a day in your life that includes photography:
I bring a camera with me everywhere I go. May it be hanging out at a friends house outside or walking through Houston, I'm prepared to shoot anything.

What does your work flow consist of?
Free-spirit, beauty, natural occurrences, and youth.

Three interesting facts about yourself?
Born in Mons, Belgium. Half Dutch-Indonesian, Half African-American. I collect antique cameras.

What, if anything, do you do to promote your photography?
I try flickr groups and blogs. Its been tough being noticed but I keep my chin up and hope that something will change the outlook of my photography related future.

Check out Dennis Miles on Flickr and Twitter


the friday editorial: house of spirits

house of spirits
elle march 2011

model: so young kang
photographer: laurie bartley
stylist: samira nasr
featuring designs from: chloe, chanel, bottega veneta, and more

my march 2011 issue of elle magazine arrived on my doorstep on valentine's day. it is always a race for me to read through my magazines before my boyfriend decides he is tired of seeing them lying around the house and tosses them. i make it my mission to find whatever is amazing and search for it online or rip out the pages that i don't want to be thrown away. while he still hasn't thrown this issue away, my little pit bull pup aphrodite has taken a chunk out of it. but anyway... i fell madly in love with this editorial and hope that you enjoyed it as well!